NRL Premiership followers will be in for quite a season when things kick off in March 2019. Sydney Roosters won the Grand Final for the 14th time in their history last year, but this year they will have to once again justify their supremacy in the sport.
This is because teams such as Melbourne Storm, South Sydney Rabbitohs, and Penrith Panthers will be hot on their heels and will look to pounce on any mistakes that Sydney’s top rugby club makes. Let’s look at how the top NRL Premiership teams fare with bookmakers when it comes to which team will win the NRL Grand Final in 2019.
Event Date: 14 March – 8 September 2019
Can Luke Keary Lead Sydney Roosters to Another Grand Final Victory?
Luke Keary was phenomenal in guiding Roosters to their 14th Grand Final victory last year. He won the Clive Churchill medal and established himself as one of the top players in the league who are bound to dominate the NRL Premiership for years to come.
But can Luke Keary guide his team to back to back titles? Bookmakers certainly seem to think that he can, as all of SportPesa, Letou and Fun88 make Sydney Roosters their top favourites for the NRL Premiership title by giving them odds of 3/1. Betsid go for something similar and price one of Sydney’s oldest rugby clubs at 16/5.
These odds are two times lower than what bookmakers are giving to other contenders and that should indicate that Sydney Roosters’ convincing victory of 21-6 over Melbourne Storm has certainly left an impression on sports betting operators.
Can Melbourne Storm Avenge Their Grand Final Drubbing?
Melbourne Storm entered last season’s Grand Final with optimism as they were hoping that they can win two consecutive titles after beating North Queensland Cowboys 34-6 in 2017’s edition of the Grand Final.
However, it just wasn’t meant to be for the Melbourne faithful who crashed and burned in front of more than 80 thousand spectators at Sydney’s Stadium Australia. Melbourne’s hope of a 4th Grand Final victory was over before it even started.
However, this season bookmakers seem to believe that if anyone can rival Sydney Roosters for the top spot it will be Melbourne Storm. This is because sports betting operators such as Betsid are giving Roosters the second lowest odds of 13/2 which is only marginally lower than what bookmakers such SportPesa, Letou, and Fun88 are offering. They price Storm at decent odds of 7/1.
These odds are indicative of a team which can win the Grand Final and the title, but will have to work hard and hope that Sydney Roosters under perform. If that happens, Melbourne Storm can be a great pick at those odds.
Will South Sydney Rabbitohs Repeat Their 2014 Heroics?
South Sydney Rabbitohs won their first Grand Final in 2014 in spite of winning record 21 NRL titles in their history. The South Sydney club was formed back in 1908 and as such is one of the oldest in this competition.
However, tradition and history don’t count for a lot in sport and the only way in which you can keep fans happy and satisfied is by winning trophies. South Sydney Rabbitohs will certainly hope to deliver in that aspect as their 30-6 victory over Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs is one of the rare things that South Sydney Rabbitohs’ fans fondly remember recently.
Bookmakers seem to believe that South Sydney Rabbitohs are up to the challenge, as most of them give Rabbitohs the same or similar odds to Sydney Roosters’ main rivals Melbourne Storm.
The South Sydney club is given odds of 7/1 by betting operators such as Betsid, SportPesa, Letou, and Fun88 and these odds are a pretty fair reflection of the chances that South Sydney Rabbitohs have for a victory in the 2019 edition of the Grand Final.
Who is the Best of the Rest?
These three teams are considered as the top dogs when it comes to winning the NRL Premiership’s Grand Final next year. However, there are also other clubs that are waiting for a chance should any of the top teams fail to deliver.
Brisbane Broncos are ranked the highest with bookmakers when it comes to the dark horses and betting operators such as Betsid give them odds of 8/1 while bookmakers like SportPesa, Letou, and Fun88 can make backing Broncos more profitable as they give them higher odds of 10/1.
Penrith Panthers are also favoured by most bookmakers to make things difficult for the top dogs and they are given odds of 9/1 by all of SportPesa, Letou, Betsid, and Fun88.
North Queensland Cowboys and Cronulla Sharks are given odds of 12/1 by Betsid, but the people at SportPesa, Letou, and Fun88 don’t seem to have such strong faith as they give them higher odds of 14/1 and 16/1 respectively.
Last on the list of teams that can hope for a Grand Final victory are St George Illawara Dragons who are given decent odds of 14/1 by all of SportPesa, Letou, Betsid, and Fun88.